THE Green Party has decided not to put forward a candidate for the by-election. A spokeswoman confirmed a Green Party representative will not be added to the candidates list.

She said: “We have decided instead to concentrate on the upcoming county council elections, which we will be contesting strongly.”

The decision not to run for the seat appears to have been taken relatively late, after the National Health Action party candidate Iain Maclennan revealed he was originally selected as a candidate for the Green Party only to be told they had decided not to run.